Wellington - New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl
against Pakistan in the first of three matches between the world's top two
ranked Twenty20 sides in Wellington on Monday.
The hosts are on a high having just swept the one-day series
against Pakistan and are backing themselves to continue that form as they
switch to the shortest form of the game.
However, they suffered a setback hours before the match when
captain Kane Williamson was withdrawn as a precautionary measure after
complaining of a tight thigh.
Stand-in skipper Tim Southee said it was "not a
typical" wicket at Westpac Stadium but he opted to bowl "as hopefully
we will get something out of it early on."
New Zealand are resting fast bowlers Trent Boult and Lockie
Ferguson for the match.
Pakistan will be without Shoaib Malik who is out of the
series after a delayed concussion suffered during the fourth ODI.
However, Hasan Ali who missed the final ODI with a groin
strain has been declared fit and named in the starting line up.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Anaru Kitchen, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (capt), Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance.
Pakistan: Umar Amin, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashradf, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees.
Umpires: Wayne Knights (NZL), Chris Brown (NZL)
TV Umpire: Shaun Haig (NZL)
Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)